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How to Paint a Fabric Chair

Do you have an old chair laying around with outdated upholstery? Don't get rid of it yet; give it a fabulous new look with paint! Read on in this post to learn our tips and tricks for how to get started with fabric painting.

In this brand new video tutorial, we'll show you how to apply paint to fabric upholstery.

Watch this video to see our company co-founder, Rosanne refinishing a chair in our limited edition color, Sunday Tea!


How To Paint A Fabric Chair | Upholstered Furniture Painting Tutorial https://youtu.be/X8XqKcEWp-w

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If you'd like to try out fabric painting for yourself, enter now to win two free pints of paint!

Simply leave a comment below our YouTube video and let us know which chair in your home you'd like to refurbish.
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How to Paint a Fabric Chair

Step 1) Shake, stir, and pour your paint

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As always with painting, start by shaking your can thoroughly, then opening it up and giving it a stir. To avoid potentially contaminating your entire can of paint, pour some off into a cup for use on your project.

Step 2) Tape the edges

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If you're painting just one area of your chair or there are accents that you wish to leave as is, use some painter's tape to protect them.


Step 3) Spray with water

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Before applying your paint, spray down the entire fabric surface with water. It doesn't need to be soaking wet, just damp. This will help the paint spread more smoothly and help to avoid that crunchy feeling once it dries.


Step 4) Apply your first coat

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Before the water dries, begin applying your first coat of paint. Keep in mind that the tighter the weave, the less paint the will soak into the fabric. If you find that the paint is drying too stiff for your liking, there are fabric mediums on the market which you can mix in with the paint to help soften the feel.

We would advise against trying to paint a very loose weave fabric as it will require a lot of paint to get opaque coverage.


Step 5) Add a second coat if needed


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As you can see in the above picture, the paint will often soak into the fabric while it dries. To achieve a more opaque look, give the first coat about 1 hour to dry, then apply a second coat.



Did you enjoy our video tutorial? Want to know how to finish your fabric painting? Make sure to Subscribe to our channel to get access to all our videos and stay tuned to learn all about waxing fabric!

We would love to hear what projects you're working on, so make sure to leave a comment or post a picture of your project to our Facebook page or Instagram (@countrychicpaint)!


Jan Korteland
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9 Responses

Irene
Irene

August 11, 2015

Love to watch your video very helpful for me. My question is can I used this paint in a sprayer for my furniture if so do I have to dilute the paint before I put in sprayer. I also would like to learn more about I can be a wholesaler for this product.

Sarah Archer
Sarah Archer

August 11, 2015

Hi Lynn,

Make sure you leave a comment on our YouTube video at https://youtu.be/X8XqKcEWp-w to be entered in our draw for free paint!

Lynn Grey
Lynn Grey

August 11, 2015

I would love to try this on a bench cushion

Sarah Archer
Sarah Archer

August 11, 2015

That’s great to hear Gloria. We would love for you to share pictures on our Facebook page if you’re willing!

Sarah Archer
Sarah Archer

August 11, 2015

Hi Laura, fabric painting is a lot of fun and a great way to salvage outdated furniture! Best of luck with your project.

laura scott
laura scott

August 11, 2015

I just bought an outdoor couch and chairs with fabric that is in serious need of paint. I have never painted fabric before, but this may be my first attempt!

Gloria Holton
Gloria Holton

August 11, 2015

I painted a chair and the upholstered seat and it turned out great.

Eddie
Eddie

August 11, 2015

Love this idea! I’d like to try this on an old french iron chair I have :)

Sarah Archer
Sarah Archer

August 11, 2015

Hi Irene,

I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the videos! Our paint can be used in a sprayer but it will depend on the type of sprayer you’re using whether or not you’ll need to dilute it. I would recommend diluting no more than 5%.

With regards to our wholesale program, we would love for you to fill out an application so we can have a chat with you about your business!

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